Must-Click Link: how the White Sox got those early 80s uniforms

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No, not the pajamas avec shorts. Everyone knows those sprung from the addled mind of the great Bill Veeck. I’m talking about those tight doubleknit jobs with the numbers on the thigh. The ones that made Greg Luzinski look outrageously uncomfortable. Which, while it may be nostalgia speaking, I kind of liked. Or maybe I just like the general scheme, which looks pretty good on throwback pullovers that you see fans wearing in the ballpark anyway.

The point of all of this is that uniform expert Paul Lukas today has the story of how those things were created. It was a fan contest and the winning design came from a Braves fan living in Ohio. Those guys are all geniuses, it seems.

Anyway, a great story about something that would never, ever happen today: a baseball team choosing a uniform design that wasn’t hatched in some corporate conference room. For better or for worse.

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.